Mark Arnold reviews one of Marvel’s most inspired creations in the satirical Howard the Duck, and follows with a one-shot of Bongo’s comic tribute/parody series Radioactive Man.
Until George Lucas produced the lousy feature film, Howard the Duck was one of Marvel Comics most inspired creations, lasting a solid 31 issues before its original cancellation. It was a title that satirized all of the current trends with strong comedic effect. After the cancellation, Howard floated around in various backup stories in strange places such as Bizarre Adventures, Marvel Team-Up and Crazy magazine! This Holiday Special is a latter day example of a return to form, but without all of the cult audience that accompanied Howard’s earlier run.
Radioactive Man is the comic book series that Bart Simpson and his friends read in The Simpsons. In fact, in one episode, Bart and his pals pool their money in order to purchase a copy of the legendary and rare first issue. When Bongo decided to enter into the comic book publishing field, Radioactive Man was a natural title.
But instead of publishing numerically, the numbering in this series jumps around to parody famous issues of comics from different decades and publishers. With this 80-page Colossal, Bongo makes fun of the numerous 80-page Giants published by DC during the 1960s, even parodying some of the ads that would have appeared at the time. Fun for knowing comic fans and Simpsons fans in general.
Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at firstname.lastname@example.org. Whew!